Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

Oct. 2, 2021, Title
This week’s mystery entry was The Last Letter, Season 5, Episode 7 of Death Valley Days from 1956, with William Pullen, Clint Eastwood, Forrest Stanley, George Pembroke, Russ Todd, John Sargent, Gregg Barton and Robert Sherman.

Directed by Stuart E. McGowan. Executive Producer Dorrell McGowan. Production Supervisor Dorothy B. McCann.

Screenplay by Ruth C. Woodman.

Photographed by Brydon Baker. Supervising editor Arthur H. Nadel.

Music editor Eve Newman. Assistant director Clark Paylow. Sound effects editor Verna Fields. Set decorator George Sawley.

Production designer Alfeo Bocchicchio. Wardrobe by Bob Richards and Muriel Poole.

Death Valley Days is available on streaming on many platforms.

Note: Perry Mason buffs, prepare for next week and very niche mystery photos. Non-TV fans can sit this one out.

With Cry Macho just released, I thought it would be fun (OK, for me) to look at Clint Eastwood’s early career on TV. His appearance as a biker on the campy Highway Patrol (1956) may be a bit better known, so I opted for another show from the same year. His terrible fake mustache is a bonus.

Eastwood’s appearance on Death Valley Days was barely mentioned at the time (he had second billing). Nobody reviewed the show and he was only mentioned in a few of the TV listings. His performance is not especially remarkable in a small role as a bitter, rather frustrated, isolated young gold miner, a quiet loner with simmering anger. Lead actor William Pullen, as a man starting a mail route to miners in the gold fields, is a far more established performer and did a fair amount of television in the 1950s.

As was common in the 1950s, the show used a few silent film stars. There’s Keystone Kops and Lonesome Luke star Snub Pollard, who seems to have spent several decades in non-speaking roles as barflies and courtroom spectators after being Tex Ritter’s comic sidekick Pee Wee. Forrest Stanley, who plays a postmaster in The Last Letter, was a leading man in the silents of the 1920s.

Rounding out the cast are some forgotten faces of the 1950s:  Russ Todd, who appears in half a dozen Death Valley Days and nothing else. Robert Sherman has eight credits on IMDB. And a few folks I wasn’t able to identify.

Sept. 27, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a mystery woman. Her somewhat less mysterious companion has been cropped out and will appear later in the week.

Update: This is William Pullen. Further update: Tucson Barbara suggests our mystery woman is Daria Massey, who did several Death Valley Days episodes and looks like a match. Nice work!

Update: For “Aha Thursday,” we add our mystery woman’s somewhat less mysterious companion.

Sept. 28, 2021, Mystery Photo

For Tuesday, we have some mysterious gents. This is mystery gent No. 1.

Update: As yet, our mystery stable operator remains unidentified. He gets a fair amount of solo screen time and a number of lines. But no screen credit.

Sept. 28, 2021, Mystery Photo
This is mystery gent No. 2. His slightly less mysterious companion has been cropped out and will appear later.

Update: For Thursday, here he is again.

Update: This is Russ Todd and William Pullen.

Sept. 28, 2021, Mystery Photo

This is mystery gent No. 3.

Update: This is Robert Sherman.

Sept. 28, 2021, Mystery Photo

And these are mystery gents Nos. 4 and 5.

Update: This is Joseph Sargent and George Pembroke.

Sept. 29, 2021, Mystery Photo

For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery gent and Back of the Head Guy.

Update: This is Gregg Barton, with a terrible fake mustache, and William Pullen as Back of the Head Guy.

Sept. 29, 2021, Mystery Photo

We also have this mystery gent on the left.

Update: This is Snub Pollard, left, and Joseph Sargent.

Sept. 29, 2021, Mystery Photo

And finally, we have this mystery gent. With lots of mail.

Update: This is Forrest Stanley.

Sept. 30, 2021, Mystery Photo

Also for “Aha Thursday,” we have this somewhat mysterious gent.

Update: This is the Old Ranger, Stanley Andrews.

Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (Wednesday’s mysterious silent movie star No. 1).

Oct.1, 2021, Mystery Photo

And for Friday….

Update: This is Clint Eastwood, with a terrible fake mustache.

Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery TV show and Thursday’s mysterious TV host), Jenny M. (Thursday’s mysterious TV host), Richard Wegescheide (Thursday’s mysterious TV host), Mike Hawks (mystery TV show, mysterious episode and mysterious cast), Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery TV host) and Thom and Megan (mystery TV show and mysterious TV host).

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32 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

  1. beachgal says:

    Is mystery gent #3 on Tues, Paul Picerni?


  2. David Inman says:

    Half-hearted guess — Allyn Joslyn as mystery man #2 and Grady Sutton as MM #5?


  3. Well number 2 is clearly Woody. I can’t tell if his cropped out companion is Buzz Lightyear or not though. Could be.


  4. Sarah says:

    Mystery gent #3 is Anthony Eisley.


  5. Back of the Head guy looks like Jock O’Mahony.


  6. B,J, Merholz says:

    Jack Elam on the right.


  7. Mary Mallory says:

    Preston Foster as BOTH guy today, in THE ARIZONIAN.


  8. mike hawks says:

    Snub Pollard as man at left with glass in hand. Is this a tv show????????


  9. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Stanley Andrews hosting “Death Valley Days”


  10. Jenny M says:

    Stanley Andrews


  11. Richard Wegescheide says:

    Looks like Stanley Andrews on Thursday, but don’t remember the name of the two or three movies I saw him in.


  12. mike hawks says:

    Stanley Andrews today makes this Death Valley Days episode THE LAST LETTER. Stars Wm. Pullen with Clint Eastwood appearing tomorrow. Others from earlier this week are George Pembroke, Russ Todd, Gregg Barton, Robert Sherman and let us not forget Forrest Stanley from yesterday.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Stanley Andrews as the old guy today.


  14. Thom and Megan says:

    Today’s guest is Stanley Andrews (host of Death Valley Days).


  15. Sylvia E. says:

    I was lost until Friday

    Death Valley Days (tv series) 1956

    “The Last Letter”

    Clint Eastwood, William Pullen, Snub Pollard (silent movie guy) as the ‘barfly’ . Stanley Andrews is the narrator ‘Old Ranger’. Can’t find ref for the young lady on what seems to be a steamboat. Looking forward to the Saturday breakdown. Many new ‘old’ faces


  16. beachgal says:

    Mon – unknown actress
    Tues – #1 is Joseph Sargent
    Tues – gent #2 is Russ Todd
    Tues – gent #3 is Robert Sherman
    Tues gents #4 & #5 are Ted Lambert and Herman Hack
    Wed – gent #1 Anger Bell & bothg is William Pullen
    Wed – gent on left us Snub Pollard
    Wed postman – Forrest Stanley
    Thurs TV Host – the old ranger on Death Valley Days is Stanley Andrews
    Thurs add ons to Mon & Tues – William Pullen
    Fri – Clint Eastwood


  17. Mary Mallory says:

    “The Last Letter” episode of DEATH VALLEY DAYS. William Pullen Monday, Joseph Sargent #1 on Tuesday, Robert Sherman #2, Herman Hack #3, George Pembroke #5, Greg Barton #1 on Wednesday and I knew I recognized what is Snub Pollard #2 on Wednesday, Forrest STanley as our mail guy, and Mr. Eastwood today.


  18. tucsonbarbara says:

    “The Last Letter” from Death Valley Days

    Some of the actors pictured above – Daria Massey, William Pullen, Stanley Andrews, Clint Eastwood


  19. Wait! So Movieland Mystery Movie is now doing TV shows? I must have missed that memo. I thought the production quality on this week’s ‘movie’ was pretty cheesy but what the heck could be a PRC extravaganza. TV shows? Huh, who knew?


  20. mike hawks says:

    Say hello to a youthful and hopeful Clint Eastwood..


  21. Allie Francis says:

    Holy cow! Clint Eastwood!


  22. LC says:

    The Last Letter (Death Valley Days) 1956 w/Stanley Andrews, Clint Eastwood, Snub Pollard, Forrest Stanley, William Pullen…


  23. Howard Mandelbaum says:

    Clint Eastwood, THE LAST LETTER, 1956, D.V.D.


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